The results are in! Every year we dig into Rover’s database of over a million pet parents to uncover pet name trends, including the most popular dog and cat names of 2021 in Boston and across the US.
While the trends change, one thing remains the same: The names dog owners choose to give their pets are often a direct reflection of who they are, what they like, and what’s going on in the world at the time. As pet parents ourselves, we know how important a pet’s name is and how much thought goes into finding just the right one—which makes sense, considering it’s likely to be hollered across the house about a million times. Whether you’re basing a new pet’s name on their personality, your favorite musician, celebrity, snack food, or your current obsession, it’s got to be just perfect.
So, which dog and cat names are popular this year in Boston? Did your dog’s name make the top 5 locally? Or maybe even the top 100 in the country? What about your cat’s name? As the world’s largest network of dog walkers and pet sitters, Rover has heard just about every pet name there is. We dug through our data to find the most popular cat and dog names in Boston this year, along with trending picks. Check ‘em out.
Boston’s Top Dog and Cat Names
Did your dog or cat’s name make the list?
Top 5 Male Dog Names
Top 5 Female Dog Names
Top 5 Male Cat Names
Top 5 Female Cat Names
These cat and dog names have jumped up most in popularity this year. They showcase what’s gaining traction in Boston.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: Pixie (+1,568%)
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Chester (+1,026%)
Boston Pet Name Trends for 2021
- Former and current New England Patriots quarterbacks go head to head in cat names, and they are currently tied. The cat names Brady and Mac both happen to be trending up 526% this year.
- Food-inspired dog names are hot this year with Miso (+1,268%), Mango (+701%), Waffles (+618%), Cinnamon (+568%) and Beans (+418%) leading the pack. Honorable mention goes to the pets named Chowder.
- Star Wars and Mandalorian dog names are particularly popular in Boston. Kylo is trending up 1,018%, Obi is trending up 468% and Chewbacca is up 368%.
- Space-themed dog names are trending up this year with Comet (+718%), Star (+568%) and Laika (+368%) at the forefront.
More Fun for Boston’s Dogs
Boston pet parents have plenty of options for dog-friendly activities, indoors and out. Check out some of our favorite options below.
- Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Bars in Boston
- Dog’s Day Out: Boston
- Best Dog-Friendly Companies in Boston
- 5 Best Dog-Friendly Campgrounds Near Boston
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